Fifteen Leading Business Experts in San Francisco North Bay Start-Up Event

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LaunchPad is two intensive days of entrepreneurial skill building, critical thinking and hands-on work designed to help San Francisco North Bay start-up entrepreneurs successfully navigate key issues in the early stages of building a business. It features presentations, panel discussions, group activities and networking sessions on key topics such as business planning, securing funding, financial management, intellectual property, web marketing, sales and leadership.

Jack Lance, local angel investor and member of the Keiretsu Forum’s North Bay Chapter, says, "We see LaunchPad as a way for entrepreneurs to understand how to get from idea to funding."

LaunchPad, a new resource for San Francisco North Bay start-up entrepreneurs hosted by The 10X Group, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Santa Rosa Junior College, is scheduled for January 28 & 29, 2011.

Overcoming the information overload facing a new entrepreneur and the hurdles of getting funding in today’s tough economy are the goals of LaunchPad. With the help of fifteen recognized North Bay business experts, the two-day event will feature presentations, panel discussions, group activities and networking sessions on key topics such as business planning, securing funding, financial management, intellectual property, web marketing, sales and leadership.

“Despite all the bad news about the economy we continue to see strong interest from entrepreneurs wanting to start a business. Unfortunately, the challenge is that often entrepreneurs don’t seek our help at the inception of their businesses.” says Lorraine DuVernay, Director of the Small Business Development Center. “We’re excited to be a part of LaunchPad because it provides entrepreneurs starting high-growth businesses with critical business skills and introduces them to local business leaders.”

LaunchPad is designed to be more than a single event for entrepreneurial education. It can be the first step toward successfully obtaining an SBA loan or angel funding. “We have a healthy angel investment community in the North Bay,” says Jack Lance, local angel investor and member of the Keiretsu Forum’s North Bay Chapter, “but so often the business owners, even those with great ideas, have not refined their business plan sufficiently to make a successful investor pitch. We see LaunchPad as a way for entrepreneurs to understand how to get from idea to funding.”

LaunchPad partners include the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, Dominican University’s Green MBA program and the City of Santa Rosa. It is limited to 35 participants and is being held at the Mark West Lodge and Event Center on Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa. For more information, speaker profiles, detailed agendas and registration for LaunchPad visit the 10X website.

The 10X Group specializes in working with North Bay start-up and fast-growth entrepreneurial ventures to provide strategic planning, funding, web marketing and visual media solutions. The Small Business Development Center at Santa Rosa Junior College offers confidential, one-on-one, no cost business advising to start-up and existing businesses in Marin and Sonoma counties (http://www.sbdcsantarosa.org).

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